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Increase in Subject Access Requests: GDPR one year on…

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It's nearly a year since the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) came into force. It's hard to believe that, one year on, we are still awaiting many guidance publications from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), but with organisations – hopefully – clued up on the majority of legal obligations and changes from the previous regime, we take a look at one area that organisations and employers are grappling with in increasing numbers: Data Subject Access Requests. More …

Confidentiality clauses: what businesses need to know

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The #MeToo movement has shone the light on the misuse of confidentiality clauses, also known as "gagging clauses" and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), by certain individuals in positions of power to silence victims of harassment and/or discrimination. What has been the government's response? More …

Are redundancy protections part of the parenting puzzle?

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In January 2019, the government launched a consultation on extending protection from redundancy for mothers and new parents. Lisa Wallis explains more in an article in Employee Benefits. More …

Corporate Governance Regulations: are you ready to report?

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New Corporate Governance rules from January this year affect not just quoted companies, but companies with more than 250 employees, with an increased requirement for directors to report on employee engagement, how they have engaged with employees and had regard to employee interests including on principal company decisions, as well as reporting on CEO pay ratios for quoted companies. More …

Supreme Court rules on meaning of ‘unfavourable treatment’

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Matthew Smith, Partner in Blake Morgan's Employment Law team discusses Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension and Assurance Scheme and Swansea University where the Supreme Court confirmed a common-sense approach to the meaning of ‘unfavourable treatment’ under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010. More …

Suspending an employee from work

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A recent Court of Appeal decision provides useful guidance for employers and held that there is no breach of the implied term of trust and confidence where there is reasonable and proper cause to suspend an employee from work pending investigations into allegations of misconduct. More …

What employers need to know about paying life assurance benefits

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What should you consider when paying out life assurance benefits – and what are the implications if you get it wrong? Adrian Lamb, Legal Director in our Pensions and Benefits team considers the issues involved for employers and trustees. More …

How to avoid unfavourable treatment

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How can employers avoid treating employees unfavourably because of something arising in consequence of their disability? More …

Protections extended for whistleblowers

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The Court of Appeal has held that a whistleblower's colleagues can be personally liable for dismissal-related detriments and the losses flowing from the dismissal. More …

Employment Law Developments: Looking Ahead to 2019

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Looking ahead to 2019 what are likely to be the significant employment law developments for employers and HR professionals? One date has, and will continue to dominate the headlines, 29 March 2019 when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. More …